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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 21, 2008.
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Pak quake may boost peace or extremists

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- How will the Pakistani people react to the catastrophic earthquake that killed at least 19,000 people and injured an estimated 43,000 on Saturday? Recent histor
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Commentary: The mysteries of mercy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- It's easy to despair looking at the world this week of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Red Army. From C
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Analysis: Giant quakes shake souls too

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- How will the Iranian people react to the catastrophic earthquake that killed at least 20,000 people and injured maybe twice that number in the historic city of
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst
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François-Marie Arouet (French pronunciation: ; 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), better known by the pen name Voltaire (pronounced: ), was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and free trade. Voltaire was a prolific writer and produced works in almost every literary form including plays, poetry, novels, essays, historical and scientific works, more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken supporter of social reform, despite strict censorship laws and harsh penalties for those who broke them. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma and the French institutions of his day.

Voltaire was one of several Enlightenment figures (along with Montesquieu, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau) whose works and ideas influenced important thinkers of both the American and French Revolutions.

François Marie Arouet was born in Paris, the youngest of the five children (only three of which survived) of François Arouet (1650 – 1 January 1722), a notary who was a minor treasury official, and his wife, Marie Marguerite d'Aumart (ca. 1660 – 13 July 1701), from a noble family of the province of Poitou. Voltaire was educated by Jesuits at the Collège Louis-le-Grand (1704–1711), where he learned Latin and Greek; later in life he became fluent in Italian, Spanish and English.

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